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August 29, 2005

Toronto gets ready for flu pandemic

The Star, Canada's highest-circulation newspaper, reports that the Toronto region is getting ready for the pandemic. (Free registration required to read the story.)

"There's a lot of things going on and have been going on for a long time," said Dr. Michael Gardam, head of infection control for the University Health Network and a key player in pandemic preparedness plans.

"I can say honestly, pandemic flu has taken up probably half my time in the last year."

Among the issues being considered are: the ability to staff hospitals, the need for triage centres to access ill people, alternative care facilities to deal with large numbers of sick people, the development of a volunteer management plan, morgue capacity and absenteeism.

"People have to realize everything we do in life will be affected by this," Gardam said yesterday.

Posted by dymaxion at August 29, 2005 01:57 PM

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